Category: Around Town
Philadelphia: The Great Experiment Film, Free at the Kimmel

History Making Productions debuts the newest installment its Emmy award-winning docu-series, Philadelphia: The Great Experiment. The series gives its audience an in-depth look into the historical events that divided Americans and put Philadelphia in the forefront of the Revolutionary War. Get to know and understand the likes of Betsy Ross, Thomas Paine, and countless other important figures of the time and place. The premiere is a free event at the Kimmel Center‘s Perelman Theater Building.

Click here to reserve your tickets.

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Grumpy Cat Warns Comcast: Don’t Mess With the Internet

In support of the FCC’s decision to maintain net neutrality,  three activist groups- Demand Progress, Fight for the Future, and Free Press– handed over a collected $7,000 to hire the Airsign plane to send a message to Comcast: Don’t Mess With the Internet.

Last week, a blog post urging action to reverse the ruling was written by David Cohen, Comcast’s EVP. He notes:

“…we have no issue with the principles of transparency and the no blocking, no throttling, and no fast lanes rules incorporated in today’s FCC Order.  But we remain deeply concerned that implementing those principles through Title II will do more harm to the vibrant Internet ecosystem than good.”

Comcast spent an upwards of $17 million last year on lobbying, and organizations like Demand Progress feel the need to send a clear message to corporations that have a pull in Washington- corporations that could potentially introduce legislative proposals that will counter net neutrality.  Grumpy Cat has decidedly been a mascot of the Internet as we know it, and we think he sent his message pretty loud and clear to Mr. Cohen and the folks at Comcast.

#SorryNotSorry.


Old A.F. Bornot Dye Works Building Getting a Facelift

Bornot Dye plantWe just love to see life breathed back into old vacant buildings here in Philly. There’s something to be said about recognizing the potential of a building with really great bones, and even more to say about taking that recognition and turning it into action. That’s why we’re excited to hear that the Bornot Dye Works building (17th & Fairmount) is getting a much-needed second chance at the hands of MM Partners. Historically, MM Partners typically sticks close to their Brewerytown roots, but we’re so glad they’ve ventured north of Logan Square and given this diamond in the rough a shot.

Back in the eve of the 20th century, the building plans, designed by architect Werner Trumbower, were noted in the 1919 edition of Cleaning and Dyeing World, a publication on the Who’s Who of the dye world.

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The folks at MM Partners have big plans for this space that will bring even better things to the already great Spring Garden neighborhood, largely populated by more recent arrivals to the city who sought out reasonably priced roomy homes. The 75,000 sqft warehouse will be converted into both a retail and commercial space (some highlights expected include a bank branch, yoga studio, and coffee shop), as well as 18 residential apartments with 2 high-end lofts. Work has already begun on the massive project and is expected to wrap up late summer/early fall 2015.

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Philadelphia Museum of Art Showcases 200 Years of African American Art

1cd4e8aa-09c6-49b9-8ef8-18a584cd6524-327x420Philadelphia Museum of Art is arguably home to some of the most impressive collections of art in the world. February marks America’s Black History Month, and the museum is brilliantly displaying 200 years of African American art in an exhibit that will last until April 5, 2015. Showcased artists include Henry Ossawa Tanner, Horance Pippin, Jacob Lawrence and Carrie Mae Weems.

 

Find out more about the museum, the exhibit, and plan your visit here.